We are the Student Councillors Tom, Isaac, Samuel and Claudia. This is the second edition of the Student Councillors taking over the newsletter and making it funny and interesting.
As things slowly get back to normal Mount Hawthorn is also getting back to normal. We will look at ways we can still do some of the well liked programs that no longer can happen because of COVID. For example, the Student Councillors brainstormed, collaborated and then developed a modified version to deliver the Merit Awards.
Last week’s Merit Awards were a bit different to what we’re used to, instead of having them held in the library, we held them in the Pre-primary classrooms. Last week didn’t include any of the other Year levels so I’ll be explaining what’s going on with your Merit Awards. The Year 6 Student Councillor’s along with the Year 6 Public Relations leaders are working together to help you get your Merit Award.
Each class from Years 1-6 have been assigned a Year 6 Student Councillor, and/or a Year 6 Public Relations. The assigned person will be responsible for reading them out. Years 1-5 will have their Merit Awards presented each Friday at 8:50am, as for the Year 6’s, they will have their awards presented on Thursday at 8.50am as well. In this next paragraph I’ll be talking about last week’s Merit Awards and how they went.
Last week was the first week of official Merit Awards, this was only for the Pre-primary children though, the Year 6 Student Councillor’s (in pairs of two) went to an assigned class and read out the awards along with joining in with the Friday morning sing-along, afterwards the Merit Award recipients had a photo taken to be put in last week’s newsletter, remember if you don’t read the student newsletter then you might miss out on photos and videos of some awesome stuff!
Today the Public relations group read out the awards in their assigned classes. Congratulations to all the students who received awards today. Please enjoy some of the photos. Next week it will be all the remaining classes.
Thanks for reading, be sure to check in next week for some awesome stuff about you and your School!
The Life of a Teacher
Mr Norman – Year 6 Room 18
As part of the student council driven newsletter we will also be profiling various staff at our school.
I have recently interviewed Mr. Norman, the Year 6, Room 18 Class Teacher. I asked him a few questions about being a teacher. Here they are!
How long have you been a teacher for?
I have been a teacher for 7 years.
Why did you become a teacher?
I became a teacher because I love helping people, and I wanted to make sure all learning was fun.
How did you react to the Covid-19 situation?
I stayed calm, and tried to do the right thing by not buying all the toilet paper.
If we go into lockdown again, how will you continue teaching?
I will be using google classroom and making sure my students are okay via zoom chats.
What do you think will happen after the Covid-19 crisis?
I think things will be a bit different for a while, but if everyone stays calm, and does the right thing, everything will be OK. Hopefully we can catch up on all the fun stuff.
What are some disadvantages of being a teacher?
There’s definitely not enough coffee! And you can’t go to the toilet whenever you want.
On a scale of 1-10, how much do you love your job?
What do you think of Ms P?
I think Ms P is a wonderful ambassador to our school, and very funny too!
Claudia P, Student Councillor
Isaac C – Year 6 Student Councillor
I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day. In each student produced newsletter we will be providing profiles on student leadership positions. Today I will be writing about how you become a Student Councillor and what is involved.
To become a Student Councillor, you need to be responsible, caring, respectful and always be your best. To be elected as a Student Councillor you will need to give a speech to encourage all the Year 6 students to vote for you. In this speech you need to express why you should be chosen and how you can make a difference. There will be 2 nominees from each class chosen, which is a total of 8 students. The selection is not gender based e.g. in our class two boys were chosen.
As a Student Councillor you will be working closely with our Associate Principal Ms Pitsikas. We catch up for weekly meetings to discuss school issues and how we might address them. It is a great way to improve on our team building skills and learn how to solve problems. You will be admired by younger students, parents and teachers, so you have to take the responsibility of being a Student Councillor seriously. There are many duties involved and the experience you gain will help you in the future. You will become more confident in speaking in front of big audiences and the assemblies will give you lots of practice. So far I have enjoyed my role as a Student Councillor, why wouldn’t you as you get to work with the spectacular Ms Pitsikas and magnificent Mr Mackesey!
I hope I have encouraged you to become a Student Councillor, it is a wonderful opportunity and I am so happy I decided to take on the challenge.
UPDATES from Ms Pitsikas
I hope everyone is enjoying the student driven newsletter. Mr Mackesey thought it would be great to have something different to read each fortnight. Any non-urgent updates etc. will be in the alternate newsletter. I apologise now for his corny jokes!
As much as possible we are working to ensure we are business as usual. But the reality is at times we have to think outside of the box. As I say to the student councillors when you have lemons make lemonade. We will keep working at ways to introduce a new normal to replace what we can’t do at the moment.
The Minister for Education and Training announced on 14 May 2020 that all public school students are required to attend school from Monday 18 May 2020, except for those students medically referred to learn from home. We have loved getting back to as normal as possible with an increased student attendance each week.
Please remember these rules put in place as a result of COVID still apply:
Parents are not allowed on the school grounds, unless you are dropping off a kindergarten or Pre-primary student. You then need to enter and exit the nearest point as soon as possible, (please don’t linger). If you have to then drop off another sibling walk to the nearest entry point for that class located on school perimeter. Please do not walk through the school.
If your child is ordering their lunch you can do it online, call it through 9444 5179 or send envelope with your child. Parents are not to go to the canteen.
If you have an urgent reason to come onto the school site, you need to speak with members of school administration who are on duty before doing so.
Also please remember if your child is sick, even if the symptoms are mild please do not send them.
We have really appreciated the majority of parents following these rules.
Have an awesome weekend everyone! Hopefully it’s not too long before some of the weekend sport is back but in the interim enjoy the board games, bike rides and picnics!
Wes Says: SAVE WATER
WES says a really easy way to save water is to make sure you turn your tap off while you brush your teeth.
This one is a bit weird, but if it’s yellow let it mellow if you only flush the toilet with number two’s you can save water.
MOTHERS DAY VIDEO
A belated Happy Mothers Day to all the Mount Hawthorn Mums out there from the Mountain Goats! We asked our kids to think of 3 words to describe why they love their Mums so much. This is what they came up with…
CORNY PRINCIPAL JOKE
Who is the teachers best friend at school?
We hope you enjoy the Student Councillor driven newsletter. If you have any suggestions, please let us know. Our next one will be out in a fortnight. That’s it for this week make sure you stay safe and well.